On the Saddle
There is no better way to experience the rolling hills, majestic bluffs and native grasslands of the Eastern Plains than from the seat of a bicycle. In 2015, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to pedal along a portion of Colorado’s High Plains highways, past family farms, wildlife exhibits and several of our states most prominent historical landmarks and heritage sites to include the Overland Trail and Pony Express.
The majority of cyclists will participate in a 3-Day, fully-supported bicycle tour, covering anywhere between 30 to 65 miles per stage. The Century Option gives cyclists on the multi-day tour a chance to push their limits and go the extra miles or it may also be purchased by others as a single-day offering. The Century Ride will take cyclists northwest of Sterling to North Sterling Reservoir. Those who prefer a route with an emphasis on fun over fitness, may saddle-up for the Family Fun Ride. The route will begin and end at the Logan County Courthouse Square; touring the vibrant city of Sterling and its surrounding parks and will include a costume and best decorated bike contest as well as a number of fun fall games.
Interactive On-Route Experience: Each ride option of Pedal The Plains incorporates interactive learning experiences that showcase significant points of interest along the route. At each of these stops, cyclists will have a chance to dismount and learn about a particular point-of-interest by meeting an expert, viewing an exhibit or taking a short tour. Be a part of the Passport Program and challenge yourself to stop at all of the educational exhibits along the route each day. You will find your passport in the Map Book that you’ll receive during registration. At the end of each day’s ride, check in at the Information Tent and show the PTP staff your stamps for a chance to win prizes! A Passport Program Prize Drawing will take place at the entertainment site at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss out; you must be present to win!
Point of Interest Signs: Point of Interest Signs will be planted along the route throughout the ride to educate cyclists about what they’re seeing, hearing and smelling as they pedal along. Signs may notify riders about irrigation and water rights, what’s growing in a field, the type of fish inhabiting a reservoir or the location of a historical landmark.
A First Class Ride!
For those riders who wish to further explore the themes and subjects they encounter along the route, educational exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays will be set up in each host community. Shuttles will also be offered to a few of the off-site exhibits. Make time for Julesburg’s Kontny Grain Elevator, community garden and museums; Holyoke’s Phillips County Historical Museum, CHS Grainland Facility and Double W Dairy Farm; along with Sterling’s Overland Trail Museum and the wildly popular Sugar Beet Days.
Educational Sponsors & Providers:
Double W Dairy Farm
Kontny Grain Elevator
Kelley Bean Co.
Overland Trail Museum
Lee Kizer Museum